September 21, 2015

TheGIConnection and Suburban Gastroenterology Partner to Provide Patients with Virtual Support Community

By cancerconnect
September 21, 2015

Press Contact:
Charles Weaver, MD

TheGIConnection and Suburban Gastroenterology Partner to
Provide Patients with Virtual Support Community

Fort Worth, Texas/Sun Valley, Idaho —OMNI Health Media (OMNI) is pleased to announce the launch of the Suburban Gastroenterology (SGI) online support community for individuals with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. The SGI Health Connection community will provide patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates much needed peer-to-peer support opportunities in a fully moderated online community. This community will be part of OMNI’s initiative.

Research shows that patients seek validation, information, and support via social media. Unlike other social media platforms, theGIConnection allows individuals to interact in a confidential, safe, and secure environment. Members of the SGI Health Connections community can participate in disease-specific national groups that provide support and education. Support groups include: inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis, Barrett’s esophagus, GI cancers, irritable bowel syndrome, caregiving, health and wellness, clinical trials, insurance, nutrition, and survivorship.

TheGIConnection is one of four disease-focused online community destinations developed and managed by OMNI: CancerConnect, theRAConnection, Kintalk, and theGIConnection provide support and inspiration to more than 300,000 patients each month. These OMNI Connect communities are utilized by leading health providers throughout the United States, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Health Quest, The University of California, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The Ohio State James Cancer Institute, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  Suburban Gastroenterology joins Gastro Health Miami and the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Foundation as members of the growing GIConnection community. 

“People with GI conditions and their caregivers need ongoing access to support—not just during a brief office visit with their physician, but when they go home and do research. They need help during sleepless nights as well as busy days,” explains Charles Weaver, MD, a medical oncologist and CEO of OMNI. “We are pleased that leading care providers like Suburban Gastroenterology continue to select the OMNI Connect application for patient and caregiver use on their website.”

Scott Berger, MD, gastroenterologist at Suburban Gastroenterology says “Suburban Gastroenterology is excited about partnering with OMNI in order to provide our patients with the SGI Health Connection online community. This comprehensive and secure online resource will go a long way toward helping us engage with our patients so that, together, we can enhance the care, support, treatment, and outcomes of our patients and their loved ones.” 

About Suburban Gastroenterology: Suburban Gastroenterology has a highly skilled medical staff to provide you the best personal attention and service for you or a family member. We work constantly to address your digestive concerns with compassion, expert skill, and convenience. Regardless of your gastroenterology problems, our team of GI specialists will care for you like no other medical professional. Since 1993, Suburban Gastroenterology has developed and earned its reputation among patients and referring physicians as Chicago’s leading gastroenterology specialists – treating thousands of residents from Naperville throughout Illinois’ DuPage, Will and Cook Counties. Our team of board certified physicians and nursing have become Illinois’ most trusted resource for results-driven gastroenterology clinical and surgical care for thousands of patients and their referring doctors.

About theGIConnection: TheGIConnection is an online support community providing information, inspiration, and support for individuals with conditions affecting the GI tract. As part of the OMNI Connect platform, theGIConnection not only meets the needs of gastroenterology patients and caregivers but also provides clinics and hospitals with a safe and secure social media solution that allows them to increase referrals, improve patient retention and enhance patient engagement by providing 24/7 support and creating community for their patients while extending their brand.

TheGIConnection was created to facilitate access to news, information, education, and support for patients with GI cancers, acid reflux and Barrett's esophagus, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, and other conditions affecting the GI tract. TheGIConnection has already gained national attention in a recent review in Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News.

About OMNI Connect: OMNI Connect is the leading private-label social network used by physicians, hospitals, and clinics to create community and provide support for their patients. OMNI Connect can be used to create communities for any health condition. This unique online application was developed by OMNI Health Media and combines a robust information platform consisting of current, comprehensive information on health topics with a social network. It is populated with rich content to support the many ongoing needs of patients and is comprised of communities of individuals with similar interests.

About OMNI Health Media: OMNI Health Media is a leading specialty publisher, and developer of websites and Internet applications in healthcare with a focus on cancer, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and women's health. OMNI develops and distributes award winning multi-media health education content and programming. OMNI has developed and provided content to over 350 websites used by 2,700 physicians. OMNI's award-wining programs reach over 1.5 million seekers of health information in English, Japanese, and Spanish each month. OMNI Health Media currently publishes and manages Women magazine,,,, theGIConnection and The Web Chats with the Experts interactive series featuring thought leaders from institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and other prominent health centers.


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